Retama Park Derby

Retama Park Derby

Da Devil Made Medoit rallies for his first career stakes victory.

Da Devil Made Medoit. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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The Geri J Partnership's Da Devil Made Medoit, the second-fastest qualifier from four trials run on July 8, finished strongly to win Saturday's 400-yard, $207,950 Retama Park Derby at Sam Houston Race Park.

Prepped by Lewis "Tooter" Jordan and racing against a reported 5-mph head wind, Da Devil Made Medoit reached the wire a half of a length in front of fastest qualifier Tee Britt. Jerry Lee Yoakum rode the bay son of the FDD Dynasty stallion FDD Going Grand.

Da Devil Made Medoit was bred in Texas by Mercy Hinklins Horse Farm LLC. The gelding has won four of nine races while racing exclusively in Texas, and the $83,180 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory pushed his earnings to $135,448, of which $115,310 has been banked from four starts this season.

"He got a little sore in the shins last year, so we gave him some time off after (the Lone Star Park meet)," said Jordan. "He's matured nicely as a 3-year-old. He might not be the quickest out of the gate, but he comes running at the end."

Jordan said that Da Devil Made Medoit would be pointed to the Dash For Cash Derby (G2) at Lone Star Park.

AP A Special Takeoff finished third, a nose behind runner-up Tee Britt, and was followed by Big Eagle Gone, Jess On The Run, One Slick Delight, Cartel Ought To Go, My Apollitical Stone, Paint Me A Stone, and Dashing Coronado.

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